079: Infrastructure Architect & Mentor to the Profession with Jason Boyle

Have you ever considered a career in the fascinating world of designing complex infrastructure buildings?

This week I speak with Jason Boyle, the youngest person to become a Fellow of the RIBA and who also received fellowship status from the Royal Society of Arts in 2018 for his work in infrastructure.

Jason has spent the last 11 years of his career in the Nuclear Industry and is currently leading the architecture of a £800m + nuclear infrastructure project at Sellafield. Jason is an ambassador for Architecture in the Civil and Engineering sector, is a responsible engineer and has been a pioneer for the use of BIM in government infrastructure projects.

Jason is also the founder of mymentor.expert a professional mentoring service designed, as Jason describes, ‘to unlock the potential, which is deep inside of everyone, at any stage of your career by giving you the keys to succeed in life.’

In this episode you will discover:

  • The career pathway Jason followed to become a nuclear infrastructure specialist
  • How Jason’s pioneering work in infrastructure earned him a fellowship
  • The importance of having a mentor and what are some game changing tools for productivity

 

This week’s resources:

Discovery call with Rion:

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

My Mentor

http://mymentor.expert

078: Why are Architects Fees Low? with Rion Willard, Business of Architecture UK

This week I respond to a recent micro poll, which I conducted on social media that asked architects what they thought the biggest challenge facing the industry is. The results came in showing that the ‘Low fees’ were considered the biggest challenge followed by climate change, with many commenting that our ability to influence climate change is related to our ability to produce revenue.

Do you agree? I shared the results from the initial poll all over social media and asked the question do you agree? Do architects actually have low fees? and if so why? What are the reasons behind low fees across the profession? What do you think the practices who command high fees doing? (I give some case studies of some practices I spoken to who are crushing it).

The posts and polls were viewed by over 6000 people and many of you responded and gave your insights. This podcast is a curation of some of those comments and ideas from architects, marketers, property experts, business owners, media institutions, students and industry thought leaders with some of my own commentary and thoughts on the subject.

At the Business of Architecture UK our mission is to help architects command the fees they desire and our ongoing industry research helps us refine and develop our tools, strategies and consulting. So I want to thank everybody for their ongoing contribution and encourage everyone to view this as conversation that is important for us all to participate in, so please your thoughts and ideas in the comments or email me at rion@businessofarchitecture.co.uk

In this episode you will discover:

  • An array of industry opinions to the root causes of low fees
  • Examples of what leading practices are doing to command well deserved fees and how they are winning work
  • Latent opportunities that lie in our businesses

 

This week’s Resources

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

 

077: Applying Architectural Principles to Business with Lennart Grut, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

This week I speak with Lennart Grut, senior partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Lennart is the Partner principally in charge of managing the practice’s key international projects and has worked at RSHP for three decades starting work with Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Peter Rice and others on the Pompidou Centre in Paris. From engineer to senior partner his role now includes organising and managing multidisciplinary teams in multilingual environments to ensure delivery of projects.

In this interview Lennart discusses:

  • The unique constitution that structures the business of Rogers Stirk Habour + Partners
  • How they have weathered numerous economic recessions
  • The generation change of the practice and the future of the business model

 

This week’s Resources

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

http://www.rsh-p.com

076: Pitched Black – Being Your Own Client with Rhys Cannon of Gruff Architects

This week’s podcast was conducted on site in South London at Pitched Black, the new home designed by Gruff Architects.

Rhys Cannon walks me through the evolution the of Gruff, how they won those important early projects up to now with the completion of Pitched Black and their ventures into new sectors.

In this episode Rhys discusses

  • How Gruff created visibility in the early days of the practice
  • How he structured the relationship being both client and architect with the design of Pitched Black
  • How Gruff have used innovative construction and manufacturing techniques to create bespoke items for specific projects

Today’s Resources:

Book your business discovery call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/2020-Results-and-Vision-call

 

Gruff

http://gruffarchitects.com

075: Running a Global Multi-generational Practice with Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig

What a corker of an interview this was! What a delight and absolute pleasure to be speaking to an archi-hero of mine, Tom Kundig the principal and owner of the Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects.

Tom’s honours include some of the highest design awards, including a 2008 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt; a 2007 Academy Award in Architecture from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; selection as a finalist for the 2005 National Design Award for Architecture; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; and selection as an Emerging Architect by the Architectural League of New York.

He has also received eleven National American Institute of Architects awards. In 2011, he was included in The Wallpaper* 150, Wallpaper (magazine)’s list of the 150 people who have most influenced, inspired and improved the way we live, work and travel over the last 15 years.

In this conversation Tom discusses:

– how a practice of 200 still produces some of world’s most extraordinary private residences and the importance of that work within the practice

– what is a good client and how to find them, in his words ‘The whole industry is about finding good clients’

– the complexity of branding a cross generational design practice with multiple distinct architectural voices

 

Today’s Resources:

Book your 2020 Results and Vision call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/2020-Results-and-Vision-call 

Olson Kundig

https://olsonkundig.com

 

074: Creating a New Global Social Network with Purpose w/ Simon Puleston Jones, CEO Woken Up

Some of the most powerful lessons in business can come from interacting with other disciplines and industries.

In this podcast I begin a series of conversations that will continue throughout 2020 where I will speak to a number of business owners, entrepreneurs, app and product developers outside of the architecture industry to understand their stories of creating, organising and building businesses.

This week’s story captures the early stages of a new social network driven by civic responsibility and purpose.

I thought this story particularly pertinent to architects as I am meeting more and more architects who are in the process of developing their own apps and tech platforms.

Our profession typically also upholds and shares the same social purpose and desire to contribute to society as this week’s guest.

Simon Puleston Jone’s entrepreneurial venture begins after a distinguished career having been CEO and then Head of the Futures Industry Association (FIA Europe), Chairman of the Joint Trade Association Group (JTAG), Director at Barclays Investment Bank and prior to that he was solicitor in the Capital Markets Group of the Financial Markets Department of Simmons & Simmons advising on global investment banking and corporate clients.

After an eventful year with a number personal and professional transitions a powerful and transformative personal development and training seminar catalysed within Simon an entrepreneurial hunger and desire to serve others and the environment.

Based on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals the idea was to use tech for good and create a new global social network for individuals, nonprofits, companies and other platforms that are making a difference by taking action on today’s pressing social and environmental issues – from climate and sustainability to diversity and beyond.

The app became ‘Woken Up.’

In this episode you will learn:

– How Simon took a mission and a vision from idea to app

– How early seed investment can be raised and what obstacles are involved

– How having an appetite for risk whilst knowing how to manage it in an entrepreneurial venture is essential

 

Today’s Resources:

Book your 2020 Results and Vision call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/2020-Results-and-Vision-call 

Woken Up

https://www.wokenup.com

Simon Puleston Jones

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-puleston-jones-wokenup/

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073: A Scandinavian-flavoured Approach to Systematically Producing Consistently Beautiful and Profitable Work with Magnus Ström, Ström Architects

We kick off 2020 with Magnus Ström of Ström Architects who specialise in delivering stunning modernist homes, often located in areas of outstanding beauty across the UK and internationally.

With an impressive and growing portfolio of delicious homes, Magnus shares with me how he has brought business precision to many elements of his practice, systematising important processes in both the delivery and acquisition of new work to ensure consistent quality and profitability.

In this interview you will learn:

  • How Magnus uses social media to attract high end residential projects
  • How Ström Architects developed a ‘niche’
  • How Magnus evolved in his role from Project Architect to being the CEO of his practice

This week’s resources:

Book your 2020 Results and Vision call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/2020-Results-and-Vision-call

 

Ström Architects

https://www.stromarchitects.com

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072: Rethinking Procurement & Business Identity with Russell Curtis, RCKa

In this week’s podcast, I interview Russell Curtis one of the founding directors of RCKa. Russell oversees RCKa’s commercial and residential infill projects and is responsible for the delivery phase of the practice’s work.

Russell is also a founding director of Project Compass CIC, a not-for-profit organisation campaigning for increased transparency and accessibility in public sector procurement in the UK.

In this conversation you will learn:

  • How RCKa evolved into doing public work
  • Why post occupancy evaluation and the life cycle of our buildings is so important in communicating our value as architects
  • Strategies for how young practices can begin to win public work

 

This week’s resources:

Book your 2020 Results and Vision call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/2020-Results-and-Vision-call

 

RCKa

https://rcka.co.uk

Project Compass

https://projectcompass.co.uk

071: Being an Architect in the 21st Century with Gianpiero Venturini, Itinerant Office pt2

This week I speak with Gianpiero Venturini, founder of Itinerant Office, curator of the New Generations Festival and author of “ATLAS of emerging practices: being an architect in the 21st century” in the second part of our interview.

Itinerant Office curates events, exhibitions, and publications, facilitating exchange of knowledge supported by a multi-disciplinary network.

In this podcast Gianpiero and I discuss his book “ATLAS of emerging practices: being an
architect in the 21st century” (check the special 20% discount code below for your copy ).

ATLAS of emerging practices provides an overview of the state of the architect’s profession, analysing themes, trends, projects, and methods that characterise the professional practice, and understanding this discipline through the research carried out with a selection of emerging architectural practices in the European territory.

In this episode Gianpiero discusses:

– How research driven practices find funding for their projects

– How architects across the European territory are practicing in different fields

– The important questions Itinerant Office asked of hundreds of architects and that we can ask ourselves in our own practices

THIS WEEK’S RESOURCES

Have a Business chat with Rion booking link
https://boaukrionchat.youcanbook.me

 

SPECIAL OFFER ON ATLAS of Emerging Practices 

https://itinerantoffice.bigcartel.com/products
Use 20% discount code ATLASBUSINESS 

Past, Present, Future:
www.pastpresentfutureproject.com

Itinerant Office:

www.itinerantoffice.com

UrgentCity:
www.urgentcity.eu

070: The Atlas of Emerging Practices with Gianpiero Venturini, Itinerant Office

This week I speak with Gianpiero Venturini, founder of Itinerant Office, curator of the New Generations Festival and author of “ATLAS of emerging practices: being an
architect in the 21st century”.

Itinerant Office curates events, exhibitions, and publications, facilitating exchange of knowledge supported by a multi-disciplinary network.

In this podcast Gianpiero and I discuss his book “ATLAS of emerging practices: being an
architect in the 21st century” (check the special 20% discount code below for your copy ).

ATLAS of emerging practices provides an overview of the state of the architect’s profession, analysing themes, trends, projects, and methods that characterise the professional practice, and understanding this discipline through the research carried out with a selection of emerging architectural practices in the European territory.

In this episode Gianpiero discusses:

– How young architects are challenging the traditional mould of what an architecture practice is
– What happens when architects cross industry boundaries and create and engage in new disciplines with architectural skills
– What the next generation of architects, post starchitect era, looks like.

THIS WEEK’S RESOURCES

Have a Business chat with Rion booking link
https://boaukrionchat.youcanbook.me

 

SPECIAL OFFER ON ATLAS of Emerging Practices 

https://itinerantoffice.bigcartel.com/products
Use 20% discount code ATLASBUSINESS 

Past, Present, Future:
www.pastpresentfutureproject.com

Itinerant Office:

www.itinerantoffice.com

UrgentCity:
www.urgentcity.eu

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